Five charged in Dry Ridge meth bust

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Williamstown police bust three for meth

By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Police and parole officers who were attempting to serve a warrant on Aug. 13 in Dry Ridge found a meth lab.


Three men and two women were arrested at a home on Dixie Highway in Sherman about 8:45 p.m. Police discovered methamphetamine sitting in the open, so they obtained a search warrant and later found ingredients used to make meth.

Mia Smith, of Dry Ridge, was charged with manufacturing meth, child endangerment, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and unlawful distribution of a meth precursor.

James Smith of Dry Ridge and Sherry Manning of Independence were charged with manufacturing meth. David Allen of Union was charged with manufacturing meth and also charged with violating his parole.

Phillip Allen of Dry Ridge was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

All are being held in the Grant County Detention Center.

State police, U.S. Marshals, the Grant County and Kenton County sheriff’s departments assisted with the arrests.

Williasmtown police bust three for meth

Last month, police also charged two women and one man with manufacturing meth in Williamstown in a similar situation.

The arrests occurred around 11:30 p.m. on July 8 after parole officers attempted to make a home visit on Sunset Avenue in Williamstown and discovered items used to manufacture meth.

Charged were: John Nelson Taylor and Jennifer Alsept of Williamstown and Dawn Cooper of Dry Ridge. The trio were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and child endangerment. Taylor was also charged with a parole violation.

Three children were taken into custody and later released to family members.

Officers from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, parole and Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force assisted the Williamstown Police Department in making the arrest.

Sgt. Robert Reed of the WPD is investigating.